Month: September 2014

VCE vBlock chooses Cisco ACI for SDN

This is not a news flash, in fact this has been public for almost a year now but I felt it warranted a blog entry due to the impact on your next data center converged infrastructure purchase.

What is the update? VCE (Nearly 50% Cisco owned) has snubbed VMware’s Virtual Networking solution NSX in favor of Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) aka Cisco SDN.

Why does this matter? If you are on the path to building a fully virtualized cloud and software defined data center (SDDC) your choice for network virtualization will have a big impact on your design, strategy and cost. We are not saying that you can’t run NSX on the vBlock, we are saying that VCE does not support it and hence no one will take that route sans support.

What’s the end game? The Cisco and VMware battle lines are becoming more entrenched and at many layers. The vBlock has become a favorite converged infrastructure solution for VMware + Cisco shops, a Lot of Shops! This heavily influenced VMware to create their own converged solution, EVO Rail, which surely will ship with NSX in the future. Very soon IT leaders will need to make a strategic choice between Cisco and VMware that will have a profound impact on network design, physical infrastructure, cloud strategy, and automation/orchestration configuration.

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is on its way to your house

According to Gartner, there will be nearly 26 billion devices on the Internet of Things by 2020. [wikipedia]. Where will all these devices be? Coffee Shops? In your car? At the grocery store? The answer is yes, yes, and yes. But the majority will be in your future Smart Home, and there are 4 major retailers banking on it. They are banking on many opportunities including the hardware, the software, and the (cloud based) subscriptions services. Who and what are they doing? Here is a brief synopsis of the current landscape as of 9/8/14:

Lowes – The “Iris Smart Home Management System” is the result of Lowes purchase of UK-based AlertMe. Lowes is first to the home improvement market with its own Smart Home system.


Home Depot – Finally (July 2014) HD comes to market with “Wink” to compete with Iris. HD has close to 60 products available right now that work with the Wink platform.


Google – The purchase of Nest, the resulting API, and the new communication standard called “Thread” have cemented Google as a major player vying to be the foundation of your future IoT laden household.

Apple – The HomeKit was recently introduced by Apple with iOS 8 which immediately set the stage that the Google vs Apple battle is coming to your house. Another signal was sent to the developer community for IoT and Home Automation tools that the industry is about the heat up very fast.

As a consumer its important to know that Home Automation is now a serious market with serious competition. Gone are the days of simple home appliance purchases, in the future your purchases (thermostat, door locks, electric outlets, baby monitor, home cameras, alarm systems) must be part of a well thought out home automation strategy chock full of different technical capabilities, integration with current investments, and varying sticker prices.






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VMware enters the hot hyper-converged market

A new market has slowly taken shape on the heels of the success of converged infrastructure. When IT teams are looking at the vBlock or FlexPod they now must consider if an even smaller infrastructure footprint would be more appropriate for the specific use case. This is where Nutanix, Simplevity, & HC3 have previously ruled the roost. Now that VMware has entered the market armed with vSAN there is a serious 800 lb gorilla in the room.

Check out this good write up on the offering:


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